Cor­rup­tion at city’s Of­fice of Build­ings

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Lost-N-Found Youth first an­nounced plans for the fa­cil­ity in Feb. 2014, with plans to open by that Novem­ber. But that goal didn’t come any­where close to fruition due to the city’s dys­func­tional Of­fice of Build­ings.

“I had no idea what we’d have to go through with this,” says Lost-N-Found Youth ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Rick West­brook. “It’s been killing me to have this sit.”

The Of­fice of Build­ings did not re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment by press time, but Cre­ative Loafing re­ported on March 7 that five em­ploy­ees at the of­fice had been fired fol­low­ing a two-year in­ves­ti­ga­tion that un­cov­ered in­stances of cre­at­ing fraud­u­lent build­ing per­mits, ac­cept­ing bribes and other vi­o­la­tions.

An­other part of the de­lay was the fact that Lost-N-Found Youth was ren­o­vat­ing an old fa­cil­ity in­stead of build­ing from the ground up.

“We had to open up walls and get struc­tural en­gi­neers in here to make sure it’s

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